Unfortunately, if you smoke, you are more prone to developing certain types of very unpleasant, very deadly cancers. Every year, a shocking 440,000 people in the United States die from smoking-related complications, the majority of which are cancers. In fact, smoking-caused cancer fatalities account for approximately 30% of all cancer deaths.
Lung cancer is not only the leading cause of all cancer deaths, but it is also by and far the most common cancer resulting from cigarette use. Overall, smoking is the cause of 80% of all female lung cancer cases and 90% of all male cases.
Those who develop cancer of the lungs begin to feel symptoms such as pain and tightness in the chest, a persistent cough, shortness of breath, and wheezing. If the cancer is not caught and treated in time, it can cause a number of other complications. It can cause fluid accumulation in the chest, it can spread to other areas of the body, and in the worst cases, it will result in death.
Though you may not realize it, smoking can have very detrimental effects on more than just your respiratory system. When lung cancer spreads to other areas of the body – a phenomenon known as metastasis – it can overwhelm the body, require extensive and aggressive treatment, or even cause death. Typically, it will migrate to the liver, brain, and bones.
Sometimes, smokers will develop cancer in other areas of their bodies (instead of the lungs). Though these cases are not as common as smoking-related lung cancer cases, they still occur. Some other cancers that can develop include the following:
· Oral cancer – including that of the mouth, larynx, and pharynx
· Bladder and kidney cancer
· Colon cancer
· Pancreatic cancer
· Esophageal cancer
· Breast cancer
· Cervical cancer
· Stomach cancer
These cancers, though not as widespread as lung cancer, can still result from exposing the body to the harmful toxins present in cigarette smoke. They can be treated by chemotherapy, surgery, radiation, or alternative methods and therapies.
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